Georgia Trend Daily – July 18, 2019

July 18, 2019 Washington Post

Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia hospitalized with fractured ribs after a fall at his Washington apartment

Michael Brice-Saddler reports that Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) was hospitalized with four fractured ribs Tuesday night after falling in his D.C. apartment, according to spokeswoman Amanda Maddox. Isakson, 74, fell late Tuesday and was admitted to George Washington University Hospital, Maddox said.


July 18, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Economy: Successful Savannah

Jeffrey Humphreys reports that the Savannah metropolitan statistical area (MSA), which includes Bryan, Chatham and Effingham counties, is an economic star. The MSA’s multiple personality, which includes tourist attractions, a major airbase, an aerospace manufacturing center, a modern deepwater port and a regional hub for health and educational services, provides the foundation for Savannah’s continuing success.


July 18, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Metro Atlanta home sales down 12.7% from year ago

Michael E. Kanell reports that the pace of home sales in metro Atlanta was down dramatically last month compared to the same period last year, according to reports released this week. There were 5,464 sales during June, a 12.7% drop from the number of houses sold during the same month of 2018, according to the Atlanta Realtors Association, which tracks an 11-county region.


July 18, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta makes changes to checked bags policy, uniforms in hopes of benefiting customers

Brendan Ward reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) announced two policy changes the carrier hopes will benefit its loyal customers. The Atlanta-based airline said Tuesday it would remove the special checked bag fee for sporting goods and would add a tag to uniforms of flight attendants who can communicate in sign language.


July 18, 2019 PCOM South Georgia

South Georgia high school students attend inaugural PCOM South Georgia Opportunities Academy

Staff reports that sixteen 10th, 11th and 12th grade students from Cairo High School in Cairo and Colquitt County High School in Norman Park recently attended a week-long Opportunities Academy designed to familiarize them with healthcare careers. According to Aisha DeBerry, director of diversity and community partnerships, “The Academy, held June 24 to 28, was intentional in reaching surrounding high school students for summer programming to expose them to both healthcare education and the healthcare industry.”


July 18, 2019 New York Times

Georgia Beachgoers Save Stranded Pilot Whales in Dramatic Rescue

Emily S. Rueb reports, the camera panned to the water’s edge on St. Simons Island’s East Beach in Georgia, where a row of short-finned pilot whales writhed, clicked and whistled as their shiny black bodies caught breaking waves in the late afternoon light on Tuesday. “They’re going to die if they don’t get help,” said a woman’s voice on the video.


July 18, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Electrical component company expands to Bryan County

Staff reports that Ohio-based Newell-PSN, a manufacturer and distributor of high-voltage electrical porcelain, glass insulators and polyethylene products, will open a location in Interstate Centre industrial park, the Development Authority of Bryan County announced Tuesday. The company will move into a newly constructed 54,000-square-foot distribution warehouse in the industrial park that was developed by Savannah-based Reese and Co.


July 18, 2019

Variotech to establish North American headquarters in Atlanta

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced Wednesday that Variotech, a world leader in tray solutions, will create 20 new jobs at a new North American headquarters in Fulton County.


July 18, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Moving MARTA Forward

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Atlanta’s MARTA is moving forward with transit expansions and transit oriented development (TOD), all designed to get more metro residents where they want to be. TODs – development on land around a transit station that MARTA owns and leases to a developer – are one of the newer tools in the MARTA toolbox.


July 18, 2019 Daily Report

How the Governor Staged a Dramatic Reveal of His Pick for Business Court Judge

Katheryn Tucker reports that Monday was one for the record books of Georgia judicial history. With the backing of Gov. Brian Kemp Monday—subject to approval by the Georgia House of Representatives and Senate judiciary committees—Jones Day partner Walter Davis stepped in front of the cameras poised to become the first judge for the new statewide business court.


July 18, 2019 Newnan Times-Herald

HD 71 candidate qualifying begins, Anders withdraws

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that candidate qualifying for the House District 71 special election began today and runs through Friday. Candidates wishing to run for the house seat, which was vacated by David Stover, qualify at the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office Elections Division, at 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 802, Atlanta. There were five declared candidates for the seat, but one, Sam Anders, has withdrawn from the race.


July 18, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Democrats push Kemp to hire more diverse staffers

Greg Bluestein reports that a half-dozen Democratic lawmakers signed an open letter Wednesday urging Gov. Brian Kemp to hire more diverse senior staffers, arguing that people of color should “have a seat at the decision-making table in the highest office in the state.” The legislators praise the “remarkable accomplishments” of the Republican’s recent appointments to state boards and other key posts.



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